Preparing children for a faith-based life built on a strong foundation of academic excellence and personal character was the dream of Providence Academy’s Board President in 1994. After gathering a visionary group and working for many years, they founded Providence Academy in 2001. As the vision turned into reality, ground was broken on March 25th, 2000 in Plymouth, Minnesota, a western suburb of Minneapolis. As an independent, nonprofit, coeducational Roman Catholic school, Providence Academy opened its doors with a starting enrollment of 206 students. The stately school building encompasses 238,000 square feet that is beautifully designed for state-of-the-art functioning and student comfort. The interior of the school remains true to a Georgian colonial motif. As Providence Academy passes its first decade in operation, the dream continues. Providence Academy's uniqueness stems from fidelity to Catholic teachings and heritage.
Approximately 910 students in grades Prekindergarten through 12 (310 in the High School and 220 in the Middle School and 380 in the Lower School).
Approximately 110 Lower, Middle and High School faculty and staff, which includes two full-time counselors (guidance and college), a full-time nurse and full-time security officer. About 60% of faculty members hold master’s degrees and approximately 8% hold a PhD.
• Approved as a Catholic School and affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
• Accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
• Approved by the State of Minnesota Department of Education
• Member of the MAIS (Minnesota Association of Independent Schools)
As a member of the Minnesota High School League’s Tri-Metro Conference, Providence Academy offers 20 sports and many additional activities. Approximately 80% of high school students participate in athletics and many more benefit from additional activities and clubs. Seventh and eighth grade students may try out for non-contact sports teams.
Providence Academy’s Middle School participates in a variety of athletic programs on the campus and in the local community. Common offerings are soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball.
Students are required to earn a minimum of 28 credits in ninth through twelfth grade. Credit requirements, including 4 years of English, 4 years of Religion, 4 years of History, 3 years of Mathematics, 3 years of Science, 3 years of World Language with a minimum of 2 years in the same language, 1 year of Fine Arts, 1 year of Physical Education, and six elective credits. The graduation rate at Providence Academy is 100% with 100% placement into four-year colleges.
Three computer labs serve students with up-to-date hardware, software and internet access. The three labs consist of a Mac lab that focuses on graphic and publication software, an Engineering lab that specializes in computer-aided design (CAD), engineering and robotics software and one general purpose PC lab. Our two libraries are outfitted with computers and a complete selection of online resources. Our Biology lab uses iPads with their testing equipment and our Physics lab uses PCs. We also have a mobile iPad cart which is available to all grade-levels. Providence Academy uses a secure, interactive web site where teachers share course information with students and parents, and where students and parents can check on assignments, attendance and grades.
Providence Academy is piloting a few blended learning classes using Moode, as well as others using iPads with faculty created iBooks.
For 2012-2013, 24% of the student body is receiving tuition assistance totaling over $1.5 million. Tuition assistance is offered in K-12 and is generated through annual donations, a spring gala, special giving and as part of the operating budget funded by tuition. Financial assistance is evaluated by a third party organization and applications must be submitted annually from parents filing a joint tax return or both legal guardians separately if filing individually.
Providence Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
Our latest survey finds that 97% of parents believe Providence Academy supports academic achievement and 95% believe the school has a strong commitment to moral values and character development. They have selected the school for their children for many reasons including:
• Use of a comprehensive core knowledge curriculum in grades PK-8
• Use of a challenging college-prep curriculum in grades 9-12
• A strong Catholic affiliation and the ability to participate in the sacramental life of the church
• A well-qualified staff that provides consistent, high quality instruction
• A strong character building dimension that emphasizes traditional principles
• Small class sizes for more individual attention from teachers
• A student body that receives good national test results and that upholds behavior expectations
• A high rate of entry into quality colleges and universities